Terrific Tool Thursday: Mini Screwdriver

I was recently gifted the best little screwdriver! It’s perfect for getting into tight spots on your machine.


There are six interchangeable tips! One is perfect for the screws on the hard frame clutches I use. Double score! If you’re local, they’re available at Sew Original. If you’re not local, ask your local shop! 

xx LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: THE Oliso

Okay, full disclosure, I had to actually google whether this was terrific tool Thursdays or Thursday’s terrific tool. It’s been that long since I’ve posted a cool tool! But I am back with a doozy. The Oliso. I know what some of you may be thinking. Is it worth it? Can it really be that great? Do I really need another iron? The answer to all of the above is yes! 


For an iron, it can be a bit spendy. Think of it in terms of fabric. Do I want 15 yards of fabric or do I want the most amazing ironing experience of my life? For those of you who aren’t familiar, what is unique about the Oliso is that it pops up and down. This means you never pick up the iron. When you are quilting all day and pressing repeatedly, it makes a huge difference in how your wrist feels at the end of the day. Here’s a short video.


I have definitely heard rumblings about Oliso’s that leak water. I will say I hear these complaints about most irons. I have no concrete facts on whether this iron or that iron leaks more. That said, I do not use steam and therefore do not ever put water in my iron. None of my irons leak;) I can say that a really good way to prolong the life of your iron, is to use a spray bottle instead of putting water in the iron. 

Another full disclosure, I was given this iron by Oliso last Spring at Market. I wanted to use it a bit before I introduced it on the blog. After a few short months of use, one had to be purchased for The Guru! Iron envy is a dangerous dynamic for a mother daughter duo. If/When this one dies, I’ll be purchasing a replacement stat. My wrist thanks me in advance.

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Above the Curve

I love the look of curved corners on projects. However I hate searching my cupboard for the perfect curve. Plus, using a plate can make using a rotary quite difficult. Then I found this corner tool from Creative Grids

Plus the markings help you out if you’re  making darts. There’s a center mark and inch markings. And since it’s a nice Creative Grids acrylic ruler, you get a clean rotary cut. I cut through three layers with Thermalon and three layers of lining with no trouble in one cut.

xx LC

PS: So it’s Tuesday, not Thursday. Oops! I guess you’ll get a tip this Thursday;)

Terrific Tool Thursday: Cut ‘n Press

Today’s tool is pretty basic, but I use it every single day! It’s the Cut ‘n Press from June Tailor. It’s perfect for taking to class and on retreat. It’s a cutting board on one side and a pressing board on the other.

I use the pressing side at home because it’s such a great surface. It’s a bit harder than my regular ironing board. 


I have both the 10″ square and the 12 x 18″. Well, technically I have three of the 12 x 18″ size. Seriously, I use them all the time.

Tonight is my Market Preview Party at Village Fabric Shop! If you’re local, come by 5-7 pm!

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Sewline Glue

  

I’m always on the hunt for tools to make appliqué easier. I came across this glue by Sewline which works well for appliqué AND a whole bunch of other things! I’ve started using it on English Paper Piecing and even the corners of my binding.

  

It’s the consistency of a glue stick. And the best part…water soluble so it easily washes out. The glue is blue as you apply it so you can see how much you’ve used. 

 

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: The Mini Iron

 
If you’re like me, you wish you could transport your entire sewing room when you take a class or go on retreat! One thing that makes me particularly crazy is using a not so strong mini iron or having to lug my regular big iron with me. Then I got this!

It’s the perfect size for travel! And the cord wraps up very neatly. The best part…it’s very hot! I don’t tend to use steam, but it does steam. I picked mine up locally Sew Original.

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: The Purple Thang

  
This week’s tool is an oldie but goodie! It’s the purple thang which is essentially this little piece of plastic that you can use for any number of things. It pokes corners. It holds fabric while you sew without pens. It turns dresdens quite well. There are many more; those are just my favorites. 

 
It’s really sturdy and just a bit bendy. I love the square end on dresden points! There’s even a hole to use it for turning right side out. I have a couple of these because I use them all the time. There’s one in each of my sewing bags. 

 
xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Sewline Pencil

 
Finding the right marking tool is so tough! This is already the second time that I’ve made one a terrific tool. I LOVE Sewline Tailor’s Chalk Pencils. They come in a variety of colors: white, blue, pink. 

 
I love that they mark easily on dark fabrics. The line is easy to see and wipes away by rubbing it. Remember to always test a marking tool before you go for it! I got mine at Knit One Smock Too if you’re local. 

 
xo LC